With a mix of youth and experience, Iceland go into EHF EURO 2020 aiming to end a run of back-to-back 13th place finishes at their last two European Championships.
With a talented squad at his disposal, legendary coach Guðmundur Guðmundsson will be hoping that this new generation of players can restore Iceland’s reputation that saw them become one of handball’s most feared nations between 2002 and 2014.
The success of Icelandic handball began when they narrowly missed out a medal, finishing fourth at EHF EURO 2012 in Sweden – and since then the island nation has only failed to qualify for a major tournament once – the World Championship in 2009.
The golden era of handball in Iceland saw the national team win silver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and take bronze at the EHF EURO 2010 in Austria.
But while the generation of players that brought such success have grown older, the next group of players have begun to come through, and qualification for EHF EURO 2020 was achieve by finishing runners-up in Group 3.
It will be Iceland’s 12th appearance at an EHF EURO event and fans of Strákarnir okkar (Our Boys) would be more than happy for a repeat of their fifth place finish achieved at EHF EURO 2014 when they take on Europe in 2020.
One of Iceland‘s key players, Aron‘s talent was discovered early in his life when he played for FH in the town of Hafnarfjordur near Reykjavik, which many regard as the cradle of Icelandic handball. He began his professional career aged just 19 years old when he joined THW Kiel, and went on to star for Vezprém before joining Barca in 2017. At 18 Palmarsson made his debut for the national team and over the last 10 years the he has been one of the most important players of the team with his great understanding of the game and strong shooting.
ARNOR THOR GUNNARSSON
Relaible right winger Arnor is one of the unsung heroes in the Icelandic side and possesses a strong precence on and off the court. Growing up in a big sports family in Akureyri, Gunnarsson played for Thor and Valur in Iceland before turning professional in Germany in 2010, playing the first two years with TV Bittenfeld but since then with Bergicher HC.
Vastly experienced coach who scored over 350 goals for the Iceland national team as a player before turning his hand at coach. He started his coaching career with his home club Víkingur in 1989, has coached a number of teams in Iceland and abroad including Bayer Dormagen, GOG Svendborg and Rhein-Necker Löwen. At interational level he led Denmark to Olympic gold in 2016 and also helped Iceland win silver in 2008 and bronze at the EHD EURO 2010.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events